“You have beautifully woven through ‘Daisy Sunshine’ … the major issue of women’s value and women’s rights. The illustrations are wonderful, presenting the warmth and respect and love which does develop when women collaborate to get something done.”
Professor Marie R Bashir AC CVO
Governor of New South Wales
‘Daisy Sunshine’ is dedicated to Professor Marie Bashir, an extraordinary woman.
by Susanne Gervay
illustrated by Teresa Culkin-Lawrence
- Daisy Sunshine and her Mum are a small family now. There may be just two of them, but they’re going to make it – find new friends, a new life and discover who they are.
It’s the 1970s so it’s the time of flower-power, colourful t-shirts, marches to save trees and women’s rights. Wonderful people join Daisy Sunshine and her Mum, like Rainbow Rose with her golden hair and hippy caftans and Nina Papadopolous whose parents came from Greece, the Colonel and of course old Dot with her BIG singlets and underpants hanging on the clothes line.
Girls are great
Boys are mates
Can’t you pay us
the same rates
We want to learn
Cause we’re so smart
Don’t stop us flying
to our hearts .
We’re Mums and sisters,
Friends and people
Join us marching
Make the world a better place
For you and me and all of us.
Skip to My Lou My Darling (author unknown)
This tune can be used to sing Daisy Sunshine’s Song
The National Museum Makes Feminism REAL for Kids Today
- Equal pay
- Fair work
- No to Violence
The 1970s was the decade of women’s rights.
The National Museum met the challenge of making WOMEN’s RIGHTS relevant and real to kids in 2008.
How? Through STORY.
Award winning author Susanne Gervay was handed the 1970s t-shirt from the National Museum’s collection with SUPER WOMAN written across it. The brief was:-
‘Create a story using this t-shirt so that kids understand Feminism’
Susanne Gervay wrote the funny and moving DAISY SUNSHINE for kids 8 to12 year olds
‘It was wonderful but very hard to create story when young people became fellow travellers in the journey of women’s rights. A journey that is part of Australian identity today.’
The National Museum’s Making Tracks Collection are books where items from the Museum’s collections are given to well known Australian authors to reveal the meaning of Australian history through story and illustration.
Shadows of Oliver Trees
New young adult novel published Hodder Headline
“Set in Sydney in the mid-70s, this is the story of Tessa, who must reconcile her Greek background with leaving school and the emergence of women’s liberation. It is also a story of friendship and love, reminding me of Looking for Alibrandi. Gervay gets better with every book.”
Spectrum Sydney Morning Herald.
Next Stop the Moon
Young adult novel published by HarperCollins
“Spanning four years (12-16) in Rosie’s life, ‘Next Stop the Moon’ brings to life some of the realities of being Hungarian-Australian in Sydney’s suburbs in the 60s. Caught up in The Beatles, clothes, boys and dieting … Rosie and her friends navigate their way through school and into the real world. Excellent reading.”
Jamie’s A Hero
Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox – children’s published by HarperCollins
Jamie is amie’s plan.
Jamie’s 10 and is trying to be a hero.
He needs something at this tough time in his life. His mum and dad are divorced, school is difficult and he has nightmares and stomach aches.
But if he could do something special at school it might help.
‘Jamie’s A Hero’ is for every kid who is hurt because parents live apart. It is for young readers, written by Susanne Gervay, and illustrated by Cathy Wilcox.
Super Scene Section for Kids in The Sun Herald